Are your teeth sensitive? If they are, they’re trying to tell you something; it’s best to listen to them! Various types of sensitivity mean different things. That’s why your dentist will ask about sensitivity, the teeth that are sensitive, and when or how your symptoms tend to show up.
If your teeth are sensitive to a variety of things, like cold drinks, air, or brushing, then you may have root exposure, gum recession, or hypersensitive nerve endings. Many times this is due to using teeth whitening products, grinding, or brushing too hard. Most of the time your dentist will recommend a sensitivity toothpaste and soft toothbrushing to help your symptoms reverse.
Eating or drinking foods that have a sweet taste to them can cause some cavities to be sensitive. If you can pin point this sensitivity to specific teeth and it returns every time you have something like a juice, soda, or sweet treat, then you need to see your doctor right away so that the cavity can be treated while it is smaller. Delaying care will only allow it to become significantly larger.
Sensitivity to heat or pressure
If it hurts to chew on a tooth, or hot things like coffee make the tooth sensitive, then there may be a fracture, nerve damage, abscess, or cavity. Get dental care as soon as possible to preserve your tooth.
Believe it or not, generalized cold sensitivity is fairly normal. If it only affects one or two teeth, then mention it to your dentist. Using a sensitivity toothpaste can help block the tubules (pores) in your tooth enamel and prevent common cold sensitivity.
Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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